Chaz Powell – The man behind the journey…
My story so far –
After leaving the UK in 2004 and embarking on a backpacking adventure I travelled the world on and off for 8 years, visiting many amazing places, exploring various continents and embracing some incredible life changing experiences, until finally deciding upon the career path I wanted to take…
I decided I wanted to work in the outdoor and travel industry, where my passion in life truly lies. So I came back to the UK in 2012 to obtain my Mountain Leader Award (ML) and make my dream job finally happen.
Living in a van for 2 years, I spent every weekend in the mountains wild camping and learning in depth about the world of mountains and their environments before finally obtaining my ML summer qualification in April 2015.
I knew that my dream job would now be to work as an expedition leader where I could live out my passion of leading in remote and exciting places. I now had an abundance of remote travel experience and the required knowledge and qualifications that it takes to do this. But I was still without the valuable experience required to teach and lead people in remote places.
This is where I took my final step toward completing the three part puzzle it takes to become an expedition leader. From May 2015 to July 2016, I worked as a Tribe and Camp leader with the Bushcraft company, teaching bushcraft and survival and gaining the teaching experience I so needed. I absolutely loved this teaching role and it completed my goal of becoming the perfect all round leader.
In July 2016 I led my first expedition for Outlook expeditions in Zambia and Botswana. Becoming an expedition leader and accomplishing my dream goal.
From August – November 2016 I took on a huge personal walk, hiking the Zambezi river from its Source. Completing 2000+ km by foot over a duration of 97 days, solo and unsupported. I walked further along the Zambezi river in one journey than anyone else in recorded history.
Now I’m sitting back, planning and preparing for the next stage in my life, with a possible career in exploration and adventure. My 2017 ‘to do list’ is looking as exciting as the last 13 years of my life has already been.
Watch this space….
Photo by – Alex Frood